Grow a Reader

​Virginia Beach Public Library is ready to help your child become a budding reader! 

By sharing the Babies Need Words campaign from the American Library Association, VBPL is sharing information with the community that shows parents and caregivers how to help children learn at home. Learn seasonal songs and book recommendations by reading more about this campaign​.

Have you heard of our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge? This literacy challenge helps preschool-age children build vocabulary and develop the language skills needed for kindergarten by reading one book at a time. Register and log books for this program on Beanstack, also used for VBPL's 2017 Reading Marathon for adults. As you log your child's books, you can join in on the reading fun!

If you are unfamiliar with children's books, VBPL offers online reader's advisory through our book review blog VBPL Recommends. Discover staff recommendations for picture books there. If you have older children, VBPL Recommends also has youth fiction, youth non-fiction and teen fiction recommendations. Or you can browse the blog to find your own new reads!  

As you continue reading to your children at home, there are options in the library for early literacy development. Try one of our storytimes, available in 6 week sessions for different age groups up to 5 years old. Pawsitive Reading is an option for elementary school children, which helps children develop literacy skills by reading aloud to therapy dogs. To browse and register for any library program, visit

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